The Sixers avoided the sweep today, managing a 103-92 Game Four win over the Celtics.
The series now shifts back to Boston with Philly down 3-1 and staring history smack in the face. No team in the NBA has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit.
If Philly is going to steal Game Five, then they’ll have to do what they did today.
Ben Simmons was much more aggressive, taking 15 shots, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Dario Saric finally woke up, scoring a team-high 25, while surprise starter T.J. McConnell poured in 19 points and provided a much-needed spark.
McConnell threads the needle to Simmons for the JAM pic.twitter.com/gZjWbvcelN
— NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) May 7, 2018
Joel Embiid added 15 and was embroiled in a hilarious tete-a-tete with Celtic Marcus Morris.
Marcus Morris reminding Joel Embiid Celtics lead the series 3-0 pic.twitter.com/0WPwhdBGlY
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) May 7, 2018
And a not-so-hilarious clash with Terry Rozier.
The Celtics came up short tonight and so did Terry Rozier. 😂 pic.twitter.com/2oMHMVUHg4
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 8, 2018
Rozier wasn’t his usually red-hot self, scoring just 11 points and going 1/6 from three point range.
The Celtics were also hampered by turnovers (15 to Philly’s eight) and foul trouble, with Morris, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown all finishing with five each.
So the question is, will Boston take care of business at home or can Philly somehow grab a win and put some pressure on the Celtics?
History is on Boston’s side but in this strange NBA season, you’d be foolish to count out the Sixers.